Mr. William Walker Agerton, age 71, passed away at Bethany House of Auburn on June 19, 2007.
Mr. Agerton was born in Quincy, Florida on October 15, 1935. He graduated from Gadsden County High School, and went on to serve his country in the United States Air Force, where he flew as a gunner on the B66 bomber aircraft from 1954 to 1958. In 1958, Mr. Agerton enrolled at Alabama Polytechnic Institute. He participated in Auburn's cooperative education program, working at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. In 1963 he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. In 1967 Mr. Agerton graduated from Auburn University with a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering and continued working for NASA to develop space borne power supplies that were used in the Saturn V Rocket and Orbital Workshop Program. For the last twenty years of his life, Mr. Agerton worked as a National Sales and Contract Specialist with Epos Corporation, now Tier Technologies, in Auburn. He continued to work during his battle with cancer over the past eight years. Mr. Agerton was a dedicated member of the First Baptist Church of Opelika, Alabama, where he served as Deacon, Chairman of the Finance Committee and Sunday School teacher for both children and adults.
Throughout his life, he has remained a loving husband, father, brother and friend.
He is survived by his wife, Priscilla Ledbetter Agerton, Auburn; children, Josh Agerton (Leslie), Wilmore, KY, and Emily Agerton Prestridge (Chris), Auburn; sisters, Betty Agerton Chalker (Lee), Salt Lake City, UT, and Jean Agerton Eggersdorf, Tallahassee, FL; brother-in-law, J.C. Ledbetter, New Orleans, LA; and five grandchildren of which he was extremely proud, AnnaKathryn, Garrett, Benjamin, Liza and Grace.
Visitation will be held Thursday at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, June 22, 2007 a 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Opelika. Graveside service will follow at Town Creek Cemetery in Auburn. Memorial gifts honoring Mr. Agerton may be given to First Baptist Church of Opelika Building Fund, 301 South 8th Street, Opelika, AL 36801.
Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home is directing.
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Published in The Opelika-Auburn News on June 21, 2007